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An insight into the city’s scrap history as assembled by its dealers
Like the metal that they sold, the scrap men have been repurposed. Bought out, died out, expanded or professionals in other trades, Pittsburgh’s scrap dealers depict an evolutionary cornerstone of ...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Unlikely collaboration finds Chasid writing for N.Y. exhibition
The first time DovBer Naiditch met Kai Althoff it was in a kosher pizza place in Crown Heights — a typical haunt for Naiditch, a Lubavitcher Chasid from Pittsburgh. It was a bit less standard for A...
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Civic engagement fund supports projects in and out of the community

A new dose of vibrancy has arrived for local organizations. Mini-grants, ranging from $600 to $7,000, were awarded to 13 initiatives aimed at strengthening, supporting and engaging Pittsburgh’s div...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kosher caterer puts hospital food in a new light
It’s no secret that hospital food can be pretty unappealing, and kosher hospital food is no exception. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is hoping to change that paradigm with the introdu...
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Departing JCC exec has made generations of memories
It is tough for many community members to imagine the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh without Rachel Marcus, who has announced her retirement after serving the Squirrel Hill instituti...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Metro Briefs August 18
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha is hosting a communitywide and congregational picnic on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henry Kaufmann Family Park in Monroeville. Activities include swimming...
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At 92, Malka Markovic floats ideas of life after mikvah
There is history and memory in the seemingly everyday artifacts of the mikvah. There are dated note pads, decades old kosher-for-Passover pots and a rotary dial phone dating to the 1950s. While box...
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AG candidate outlines platform to downtown lawyers
Josh Shapiro has been wearing a red string around his right wrist for months, and he is not about to take it off now. The string was a gift from Shapiro’s daughter, a keepsake she picked up for her...
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Chai Mitzvah initiative to infuse ‘life’ into local learning
Adults searching for new avenues of Jewish learning, spirituality and community may find what they seek beginning next month when seven area congregations join together to participate in Chai Mitzv...
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Bestselling Muslim author to speak at Temple Sinai
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
To many young Americans, the recent anti-Muslim sentiment that has swept across America may seem freshly disturbing. But according to Reza Aslan, author of the New York Times bestseller “No God but...
Murder shocks community, but does not represent violence trend
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
The murder of 90-year-old Cuddy Briskin last week sent shock waves through Squirrel Hill and the entire city, as many wondered what could drive someone to kill an elderly man. “It’s just an awful t...
Can CDS cranes bring refuah sheimah to Japan?
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Apr 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
According to Japanese folklore, a person who folds 1,000 paper cranes will be granted one wish. For the students of Community Day School, who have been busy folding cranes for the last few weeks, t...
Josh Kornbluth finds Warhol, and Judaism
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Apr 10, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
BERKELEY, Calif. — Josh Kornbluth didn’t find his Jewish identity the typical way. It was pop artist Andy Warhol who sparked the process that brought the successful San Francisco Bay Area performer...
‘The Names of Love’ stylishly questions how well lovers know each other
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
They just don’t make romantic movies like this in America. “The Names of Love” is a French film from 2010 packed with socio-political and sexually liberated messages, subtle humor, superb acting an...
Rabbi Moshe V. Goldblum dies
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Apr 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
Former colleagues of the late Rabbi Moshe V. Goldblum, who died in Israel, Sunday, April 3, remembered him Friday for his sincerity, his outreach and how seriously he took his responsibilities as t...
Be excited, too, by Music Festival’s 2011 performances
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Apr 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
You’re not afraid of ghosts … are you? How about monsters? Well, if you are, try to get over it in time for this year’s Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival, which has just announced its 2011 season. T...
Cuddy Briskin, 90, found slain in his Squirrel Hill home
by Chronicle Staff
Apr 08, 2011 | 2 2 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Outrage has spread through the Jewish community and beyond in response to the murder of Cuddy Briskin, 90, a longtime Squirrel Hill resident who was found dead in his home Wednesday afternoon with ...
From tangos to lullabies, Jews made music during the Holocaust
by Toby Tabachnick
Staff Writer
Apr 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Even in the midst of the despair, suffering and anguish of the Holocaust, there was music. “It’s a tribute to the human spirit,” said Amy Spiegel Katz, who, along with Elaine Wertheim, is chairing ...
Local reaction to Goldstone retraction mixed, but hopeful
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
On Sept. 15, 2009, the United Nations released a 574-page report, dubbed the Goldstone Report, of a fact-finding commission led by Judge Richard Goldstone into possible human rights violations comm...